Profile of James Kanabar

James Kanabar


About James Kanabar

James' practice focuses on fund and capital partnership formations (including advising sponsors on carried interest arrangements, ongoing fund operation, and investment and co-investment arrangements), advising investors on fund investments and co-investments in Australia and offshore, and advising on Australian financial services licensing.

James regularly advises both sponsors and investors in respect of wholesale funds and registered managed investment schemes across a range of alternative asset classes, including private equity and venture capital, infrastructure, real estate and energy.

Before joining Allens, James trained and worked at Linklaters' Investment Funds team in London and is familiar with offshore fund structures and the regulatory environments in which they operate.

James is an active participant in industry bodies, including as a member of the Australian Investment Council's Legal and Tax Advisory Committee and the Property Council of Australia's Asset Management Committee.

James' recent experience includes advising:

  • Pacific Equity Partners – in relation to the establishment of PEP's funds across buyout, infrastructure and credit strategies, including the Secure Assets Fund, Fund VI, the Secure Assets Fund II, Capital Solutions and the Smart Metering Continuation Fund; and on a broad range of co-investment arrangements and disposals.
  • Global Infrastructure Partners – on the establishment and ongoing operation of GIP Australia Fund I and GIP Australia Fund II, and in relation to acquisitions by GIP-managed funds of interests in Asciano, Port of Melbourne, the Queensland Curtis LNG project, the Gladstone LNG project and Sydney Airport.
  • Brookfield – on the establishment and ongoing operation of, and on co-investment arrangements and access funds in relation to, Brookfield’s flagship Australian commercial real estate fund, Brookfield Premier Real Estate Partners Australia.
  • Goodman Group – on a number of significant multi-jurisdictional capital raisings for the Goodman Australia Industrial Partnership; and on a broad range of capital partnerships and significant asset acquisitions.
  • IFM – on the establishment of the Net Zero Infrastructure Fund; and in relation to the ongoing operation of the IFM Australian Infrastructure Wholesale Funds.
  • Potentum Partners – on the establishment of the Global Leaders Fund (a PE fund of funds); on a range of fund of funds investments and co-investments; and on the application for an Australian financial services licence.
  • Investa Property Group – on an $800m multi-jurisdictional capital raising for the Investa Commercial Property Fund (and in relation to general compliance matters for and the ongoing operation of the same fund); and on a range of asset acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • QIC Private Capital – on the establishment of a number of private equity and venture capital fund-of-one arrangements for institutional investors; and on a range of private equity and venture capital investments and co-investments.
  • AGL – on the establishment of Australia’s first unlisted $1 billion renewables funds, the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (now PowAR).
  • TCorp – on its acquisition of an interest in Associated British Ports; and on its acquisition of an interest in Open Fiber.
  • A broad range of Australian and offshore superannuation funds, sovereign wealth funds and family offices, including Future Fund, Medical Research Future Fund, MLC, Sunsuper (now Australian Retirement Trust) and CPPIB, on Australian and offshore fund investments and co-investments.
  • A broad range of clients, including Cerberus, Starwood Capital and Charter Hall, in relation to the establishment of capital partnerships.